Friday, July 8, 2016

Evan Jager Repeats as Olympic Trials Steeple Champ

Make that Evan Jager, two-time Olympian. The U.S. record holder won his fifth straight national steeplechase title, and second consecutive Olympic Trials, Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Taking over in the second half of the race, Evan won in 8:22.48.

After a slow opening, Evan took the lead in the third full lap and stayed there to the end. A 64-second lap started to split the field, and subsequent 62-second circuits finished everyone off.

Back in February, Evan said he cares about only two races this year, the Olympic Trials final and the Olympic final. So far, so good!

Also on Friday,  Izaic Yorks won his heat of the 1500 semis to advance in the best possible way to Sunday’s final.

For those keeping track at home, Evan is the sixth KIMbia member of the Bowerman Track Club to make the U.S. team for Rio, along with Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan in the marathon, Emily Infeld in the 10,000, and Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley in the steeplechase.

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